FDA Begins Testing Romaine Lettuce

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Food and Drug Administration this month will begin wide-scale testing of romaine lettuce for the presence of E. coli and salmonella.

The decision comes after contaminated romaine lettuce caused three separate, multistate E. coli outbreaks. Together, those outbreaks killed five people and made another 295 sick, according to the FDA.

“This assignment is intended to help the FDA, the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and state public health agencies to identify sources of contamination and factors that may be contributing to them, so that they can be addressed,” the FDA said in a statement.

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